Controlling High Blood Pressure

Becoming More Physically Active
Regular exercise has been shown to assist people who have high blood pressure. Many people think this means having to do a great deal of strenuous exercise every day, but this is a myth. A moderate exercise program will help keep your heart and blood vessels in shape and promotes a lower blood pressure. The American Heart Association even classifies walking at a brisk pace for 30 to 60 minutes, three days a week, as "regular physical activity." Also, you don't have to fit all your physical activity into one exercise session. You can break it up into ten-minute sessions or whatever works best for you. Your healthcare provider can help you with come up with a good exercise plan as part of your high blood pressure treatment.
 
(Click Exercise and High Blood Pressure to learn more about how exercise can be used as a means of high blood pressure control.)
 
Reducing Alcohol
If you drink more than one to two alcoholic drinks a day, it may be wise to cut back how much alcohol you drink. A person with high blood pressure can usually drink once in a while. However, your doctor can tell you specifically how much alcohol is dangerous for your condition. Drinking alcohol may be one of the most common causes of high blood pressure. You may find that you're better at controlling high blood pressure as you reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.
 
(Click Alcohol and High Blood Pressure to learn more about how reducing alcohol consumption can help with lower your blood pressure.)
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